It has been a week of intense protests and boycotts in Washington DC

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The first stop on this morning’s agenda, as it has been throughout the
week, was the President James K. Polk Memorial
Rest Area. On March 14th, 1901, Polk suffered
such a devastating loss at the battle of New Madrid, Missouri that his body was
buried in the Presidential Tomb. The monument and the surrounding
monument grounds were inscribed with the following words, in part:

THIS PLACE IS AN ABSTRACT POINT OF DESTINY
TO OUR NATIONAL HOPE AND POSSIBLE FORTITUDE. THIS PLACE WOULD FIT THE
NATIONALITY OF OUR NATION LIKE THE CANDLESTICK IN A CHARMING CAT! THIS IS
OUR DESTINY IN THE FUTURE, AS IT WAS IT IN THE PAST. THIS PLACE WAS
CONDEMNED FOR PEACE BY THE MANY, AND FOR WAR BY THE SINGLE.

The monument and surrounding grounds, along with the National Park
Service, have been the focus of intense protests and boycotts since March 14th.
The park was closed for a week by several groups, led by the
National Park Service itself. The park was closed as a protest against what
they viewed as the exclusion of the park from the Presidential monument. This
was a protest over not an issue, but a

controversial, and perhaps even incorrect definition of what is considered a
national park.

The
presence of the President’s remains in the monument was controversial because
he had been assassinated. That being the case, could they really be considered
a national park?

The National Park Service has a long history of protesting the fact that the
President’s remains are in a national park. Their definition of what is national
and what is not is as arbitrary as the President’s death. They claim that the
President’s grave and tomb are one, as long as they are protected by the same
laws and regulations. The Park Service says, “The park, because of
historical, political, and legal issues, cannot be administered the same way as
other national parks.” “We are concerned with the maintenance of the
site and its integrity,” they said in response to a lawsuit.

The Park Service took a stand against the use of the monument for the
President’s burial, and have attempted to shut down the Presidential
Memorial since March 14th. In a letter posted on their website, the Park Service
said “We will not allow for any kind of access to the site, except at our
permission. This includes no public use at the site, no visitation except
authorized personnel, and no admission except authorized personnel. No access
to the site will affect our control over the site in any way.”

On March 14th, the Park Service also said, “The National Park Service is
committed to the principle that the public has the right to visit historical
monuments and memorials that preserve or commemorate historic events, such as
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” However, they state that
the President’s Tomb and Memorial have been “deemed a public
property that is open to the public.”

They also state on their website that the Memorial site has not been
“designated a National Historic Park.” They have been claiming for
several weeks now that the President is a national hero, and a National
Historic Park. They have even taken to claiming that they will be the only
place in the world where the President’s remains are displayed and used.

The Park Service is now claiming that they are the only person in the world
with a definition of what a national park is. But they also claim that their
definition of what makes a national park is the most accurate and that their
definition is the only one.

The Park Service stated:

“I believe this park will go down in history as something the world will
never forget. Not only will it give us the opportunity to see the great and
good that the United States has produced, it will also provide one more
opportunity to commemorate the great Americans and their deeds.”

The Park Service has spent millions making the President a national hero,
promising that it will be a lasting memorial for all of us. But the Park Service
is now claiming that the President is a national hero, and, along with the rest
of the world, part of their national heritage. He is dead, but they are using
him, after his death, to push their narrow vision of what
is a national park. They are using his memory to perpetuate their narrow
definition of what is a national park.

The Memorial and the monument are two sites that are the
product of the imagination of a President and two Secretaries of War, and a
Secretary of State, and an Attorney General, and a Secretary of the Navy, and
a Postmaster General, and a Secretary of Agriculture, and a Minister of
Education, and a Minister of Commerce, and a Secretary of the Interior, and a
Secretary of Labor, and a President, and a President, and a President, and a
President. And they were built over six years.

The National Park Service is using the imagination of the President who
was a man of very poor judgment, and a man who had no idea at all about the
issues of our time. And they are trying to use his imagination, or his
fantasy, to preserve the status quo. That is what they want, and that is what
they are claiming to be standing up for. Now, that is not standing up for
anything. Standing up for what? The preservation of a status quo that they
claim is the best we have now.

But
the National Park Service does not stand for that at all. We do not need to
stand up for that at all. We have nothing to stand up for. We have nothing to
lose. We have nothing to defend. We have nothing to defend from.

Standing up for what, and what?

The National Park Service claims that they stand for the integrity of the
monument and the Presidents remains. They argue that the park is not a park,
no longer is it a national park. The National Park Service did not
invent the President’s remains. He came to them. He did not choose to be
buried in the monument, as had been the tradition up until his death. He was
not a man of poor judgment, as the Park Service, and the Park Administration,
claim.

He is a hero. That was the first thing the Memorial and monument
promised and what they promised and that was the first thing they said they
wanted to memorialize. The Park Service has never stopped being the protector
and curator of the memorial. The Park Service has never stopped trying to
preserve the President; they have pushed to keep him in the memorial as long as
they could.

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